But nations such as Portugal, Spain, Italy or Greece already have huge public debt loads, which would make it difficult for them to recapitalize their banks. Spain, unable to shoulder the burden of its ailing lenders, has already applied for a bailout from its European partners to shore up its banks.
Dijsselbloem ln Tuesday defended his comments, saying it is logical to hold banks' owners and bondholders to account.
"Our approach to saving troubled banks is that it's no longer going to be directly for the account of the taxpayer and the government, but that we're trying to push the risks back to the banks and the ones who have invested riskily," he told Dutch broadcaster RTL.
But the ECB's Coeure rejected the idea of making the course taken in Cyprus a template for the bloc.
"The experience in Cyprus is not a model," Coeure said. "I think Mr. Dijsselbloem was wrong to say what he said."
"Cyprus was bankrupt. That's a situation you don't have anywhere else in the eurozone," Coeure insisted. "The situation was so special that it required a special solution. There is no reason to use the same methods elsewhere," he said.
The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, was also at pains to dispel fears ignited by Dijsselbloem's comments.
Spokeswoman Chantal Hughes said "we want a solution where the taxpayer stops paying for the banks' errors" but added that Cyprus was a unique situation and wasn't a "perfect model or a model that should be used again in the same way."
AP writers Toby Sterling in Amsterdam and Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed reporting.
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